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Oxbox Portable Camp Fire

We were recently asked to test what looks like a great new gadget which promises to enable us to have campfires more safely. Unfortunately the weather has been appalling since we got it, and it has not stopped raining, so rather than keep it to ourselves, we'll let you know now what the manufacturers have told us. As soon as we are able, we'll give it a thorough testing and add our comments then!

The details:

We all love the relaxing feeling that getting away from it all gives us. Camping is the ideal way to spend time with family and friends in the Great British countryside. At the end of a day there is nothing more satisfying than drinks with friends in an outdoor setting.

A campfire has traditionally been associated with outdoor social gatherings, giving a focal point and warmth to your surroundings. Sadly, as less and less campsites allow open fires of this sort due to safety reasons and to avoid damage to the grass, this amazing feeling of warmth and companionship is becoming harder to fulfil.

The Oxbox may be the answer to many campers' prayers.

Why did campsites object to fires?

  • Damage to the grass on their pitches
  • Risk of damage to tents or campers equipment
  • Risks of fire spreading and getting out of control
  • Mess from embers and ash

With these challenges in mind, Oxbox considered what a camping fanatic would want from an item of kit that would allow them to indulge in a campfire.

What are the camper's requirements?

  • Portability
  • Safety
  • Reliability
  • Strength
  • Accessories
  • Practicality

By designing the Oxbox to be fully enclosed on five sides, with sensible use, the risk of fire spreading is nil. As there are no ventilation holes to fan the fire, the risk of hot embers flying into the air is greatly reduced. The raised base inside the Oxbox brings the heat of the fire way above the ground, minimising any burning effect on the grass beneath, certainly leaving less of a mark than a disposable barbecue.

By making the base deep with high enough sides, the disposal of ashes when they have cooled down is clean and simple. The base simply lifts out to be emptied into a bag or straight into waste bins.

The good news for campers:

The Oxbox comes packed conveniently flat in its box and is put together in under thirty seconds. The box fits securely and easily into caravan and motorhome storage cupboards, or just in the boot of your car.

It is made from solid steel and is strong and durable, and with care should last for season after season. The Oxbox has no sharp corners or edges, meaning that it is safe to assemble, disassemble and store without fear of hurting yourself.

As Oxbox design and test them, more accessories will become available.

A handle to lift the baseplate out more easily and thin strong pegs to totally ensure stability are two currently in development, as well as a cooking kit.

Where can I get them from?

You can find out more and purchase the Oxbox direct on their Amazon Sales Page.

At the time of writing an Oxbox costs just 50.00 plus P&P (prices correct at time of publication and are subject to change with notice)

Our Thoughts

Coming soon hopefully! In the meantime, if you've used one of these, please let us know what you think on the link below!

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